Former Ohio signee Tariq Owens says Vols among three finalists

Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall at Pratt Pavilion on Monday, April 28, 2014. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall at Pratt Pavilion on Monday, April 28, 2014. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tariq Owens’ father said his son didn’t commit to Tennessee during an abbreviated official visit that ended Friday.

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Comments » 4

RoadTrip writes:

Need Tariq. He is long with a good motor and will be a 3-4 year guy on the roster that CDT can build around in the paint.

towmater writes:

"will choose between Tennessee, Temple and UT Martin." So this is what we have come to...?

fannotsheep writes:

in response to towmater:

"will choose between Tennessee, Temple and UT Martin." So this is what we have come to...?

See your point about UT-Martin, but Temple, Dayton and Seton Hall are pretty reputable basketball programs. Tyndall came in to a tough situation. He deserves an open minded chance from fans and I'll give him that.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

See your point about UT-Martin, but Temple, Dayton and Seton Hall are pretty reputable basketball programs. Tyndall came in to a tough situation. He deserves an open minded chance from fans and I'll give him that.

The kid is only rated as a 3-star prospect, so the lack of interest from really big-name programs is not too surprising. He is likely a 3-star in the first place because he has had a late growth spurt and may well be a superior player to what he seemed earlier. The fact that UT-Martin is still among his favorites is most likely due to the fact that the guy who recruited him to Ohio is now the HC there. UTM is a respectable program in a respectable conference. He would not be overwhelmed by the competition but he would get lots of playing time early and could be a quality player after a couple of years. For that matter, he wouldn't necessarily be thrown to the wolves his first year at UT, and I doubt any other program on his list can provide as much in the way of S&C training to build him up physically. I hope he comes to UT even if he isn't a big star immediately. Any number of All-Pro types grew from skinny little twigs to mighty oaks, given some time to mature and develop.

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